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Libraries' Large Format Printing Service


The Libraries offer large-format printing for academic purposes using HP plotter printers. The plotter printers can print in color or black and white.

How do I submit an order?

To submit an order, please use our large-format printing online order form. You will need to include information about the file(s) to be printed, pick-up location (Bartle Library or Science Library), and payment and contact information

Will I get a confirmation of my order?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email about your order when you place the order and another email when it is ready for pick-up.

Who can place an order?

We can only accept orders from current Binghamton University students, staff and faculty. Unlike most printers in the Libraries which are self-serve, the plotter is only available with the assistance of library staff by submitting an order - see How do I submit an order? (above).

How large can the plotter print?

The maximum width of the plotter paper is 42 inches (size of the paper roll). For length, we can accommodate standard posters, maps, and banners. If you have an unusual file size, please note on your order and we will contact you if there are any issues.

What formats will print?

For the highest quality print, we request that you submit files in one of the following acceptable formats: PDF, JPG (JPEG) or TIFF. Please convert files to one of these formats. To maintain the integrity of your file, the documents will be printed as submitted (we will not alter or convert files). For best print results, the file should be at 300dpi. For example, when converting from PowerPoint to .PDF, select 'Standard (publishing online and printing)' in the Save As box. See Tips for Printing.

How much does it cost?

The fee for printing with the plotter is $3 per square foot. For example, if you print a map that is 22 x 30 inches, you would be charged $13.75. An estimate cost will be provided on the online form. You will receive a confirmation email with the final cost when the print is ready for pick-up. Payment is due when you pick-up the document.

How can I pay for my order?

Payment can be made using your personal credit card, BUC$ account, a University Department billing code or a University Departmental p-card. Please indicate on the online form your method of payment. Departmental billing codes must be verified by university department chair or secretary (please note: it may take longer to process your order).  Credit cards and P-Cards can only be used by the cardholder in person, and are only accepted at Bartle. We cannot accept cash, checks or payment from grant funding. You can add funds to your BUC$ account online or at a BUC$ machine in the Bartle, Science or UDC libraries.

Is this part of my BU print quota?

No. The large-format printing is a separate service from your BU print quota. It requires a separate payment.

Where can I pick-up the print?

You can pick-up your order at either the Bartle Library or Science Library (please indicate your pick-up preference on the online order form). Documents may be picked up during regular business hours - Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the general semester hours, when library staff are available to accept payment. During intersessions, please see Library Hours to determine when the library is open. You will be sent a confirmation email when the order is ready for pick-up.

How long does it take?

Although the plotter can print fast, due to demand, we encourage you to submit your print requests at least two business days before the document is needed. You will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive an email when the order is ready to pick up. Don’t leave printing to the last minute!

Can I print anything I want?

No. The Binghamton University Copyright and Fair Use Policy and copyright law apply to the use of the plotter. Please see Copyright Resources page for further information. As stated earlier, the printer is reserved for academic uses. The Libraries reserves the right to refuse any projects we deem questionable.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about submitting an order or about an order already placed, please contact

Tips for Printing

Best Quality Images: Your final file image should be 300dpi for the desired print dimensions. This will keep your image from looking pixelated (i.e., blurred). Any graphics/photos within your file image also should be 300dpi for the print dimensions. DPI means “dots per inch” (indicates the number of computer pixels in one inch). Please do not use DPI higher than 300 as this will not increase quality and will increase the time it takes to print the file image.
PowerPoint Files: We only accept PDF, TIFF and JPG/JPEG files. If you are using PowerPoint to create your file, we recommend you save it a PDF. When you save your PowerPoint file, choose PDF and select the Standard (publishing online and printing) option; this will create a 300dpi image.
Color Management: If you have color management concerns, please email us at
Fonts: All fonts that come with your operating system will embed in your images. However, if you are using a special font downloaded from the internet, you need to ensure that it will embed in your file. If you are not sure if your font has embedded, open the file on a computer that does not have the special font installed. If the image viewer has replaced the font with something else, it means that the special font was not embedded in your file and the Libraries’ large format printers will not be able to print the special font.

Last Updated: 11/4/19